WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko submitted lightweight title-holder Shinya Aoki on Wednesday in a special exhibition matchup at M-1 Challenge in Tokyo, Japan, forcing Aoki to tap to an Achilles lock midway through the five-minute matchup.
Emelianenko tossed Aoki to the canvas on several occasions using sambo throws and locked on multiple submissions only to let them go to allow the bout to continue, while Aoki attempted a flying armbar on Fedor during the session.
The bout, which was advertised as a “special super exhibition,” had no scoring system and resembled a training session. Both fighters appeared to have a good time with the matchup, which will not affect the fighters MMA records, smiling for most of the contest in front of more than 1,000 spectators.
Fedor’s next MMA bout is expected to take place this summer in Japan as part of an Affliction/M-1/DREAM co-promoted event. Aoki will return to action on July 20th at DREAM 10 in a rematch against Joachim Hansen.